MHG30572 - Building/hut/pen, Inbhir an Dubh Uillt


Building/hut/pen, Inbhir an Dubh Uillt

Type and Period (3)

  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • HUT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • PEN (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Inbhir an Dubh Uillt
This is a small bay just west of Torrachoit, and directly opposite to Skiary on the south shore. A substantial burn comes down from the Lochan Torrachoit, high on the ridge above. The catchment for this lochan is very peaty, possibly reflecting in the name of the burn.

There are the remains of four substantial dwelling houses at Inbhir an Dubh Uillt, three of which sit close to the shore-line, in what today is very boggy ground. The fourth house sits some 60m or so back from the sea and close to the burn. These houses appear as unroofed on the first edition ordnance survey, but to date we have not found historical records for a settlement here. The intriguing thing is that within all but one of the houses there are the low walls of later small huts, constructed by robbing out the walls of the main buildings. Clearly, after abandonment of the houses, another group of people moved in who required only small temporary accommodation. We are deducing that they were some of the seasonal herring fishermen. These sites were recorded by NOSAS in 2002 as part of an archaeological survey of Inner Loch Hourn.

The nearby beach is stony, and there is no real evidence of clearance for boats, but this bay is quite exposed, and over time any clearance could have been redistributed. There are no obvious working areas or drying greens in the vicinity of the houses, nor is there any cultivable land near to hand. The slopes above are strewn with boulders and very steep. We can only assume that the original occupants of the houses had a share of the peninsular between here and Torracoit, where the many clearance cairns are, and that they also made a living in part from the sea. Just west of this settlement a substantial area of predominantly oak woodland reaches right down to the shore.

Site: 157. The remains of the walls and the footings of a substantial building, most probably a dwelling house, c 9m x 3m external, with later internal alterations. Outwith and to the south of the main building is a revetted level area with the revetment faced by stone. The original entrance on the south side appears to have been made up when the building was altered. The back wall is revetted into the hillside with a drainage ditch above.

Site: 156. The substantial remains of a small rectangular hut, c 2.5m x 2m internal, built within the east side of Site 157. The hut was built with secondary walls within the outer walls of the larger building. The west side of the older building appears to have been robbed for this purpose. There is also a possibility that this hut may have been used at a later date as an animal pen. <1>

Note; Site not visible on APs so location approximate. (T Blackie 5/3/18)

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Grid reference Centred NG 9293 0794 (12m by 12m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG90NW
Civil Parish GLENELG
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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